"You can never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view". Discuss this quote from 'To Kill a Mockingbird'by Harper Lee

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"You can never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view".

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel which embodies many themes and one of the most important in this book is its exploration of the moral nature of human beings. Because the book is written through Scout's perspective of childhood innocence, the result of this portrayal leads the readers to one of the book's important subthemes which involves the threat that hatred, prejudice, and ignorance pose to the innocent.

The moral voice of To Kill a Mockingbird is embodied by Atticus Finch, who is virtually unique in the novel in that he has experienced and understood evil without losing his faith in the human capacity for goodness. The important thing is to appreciate the good qualities and understand the bad qualities by treating others with sympathy and trying to see life from their perspective.

"You can never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view".

This quote today still has so much meaning because of the prejudice still apparent in our world. In the novel there are many people affected in a way by the meaning of such words, Tom Robinson being one of them.

Prejudice runs rampant in Maycomb County with the majority directed against the black's in society. It is obvious that Tom is innocent through evidence presented by Atticus but since the jury "cannot" find a black man innocent over a white family they find him guilty and consequently "murder" an innocent man. He is victimized and accused of wrongful doing on the word of "white trash". No one ever really understood Tom nor did they consider his perspective which was all based on something as shallow as skin colour. Tom had no previous criminal background...



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